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The Power To Lead: The Crisis of the American Presidency

The Power To Lead: The Crisis of the American Presidency
By James MacGregor Burns
288 pp, Simon & Schuster, 1984
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A veteran academic commentator on the strengths and weaknesses of Presidents welcomes the polarization of politics wrought by Ronald Reagan and urges the Democrats to meet the challenge by finding "a leader who can move beyond the usual transactional skills" to a major transformation of American politics. The author favors amending the Constitution to break down the separation of Executive and Congress.